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Zywave said the acquisition enables it to deliver operations, sales and marketing solutions to agencies selling employee benefits, commercial or personal lines of coverage. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. This acquisition marks Zywave’s largest to date and fifth check here in just over two years. Just a week ago, Zywave announced the acquisition of Advisen , a provider of data, media and technology solutions for the commercial property and casualty insurance market. Founded in 1983, ITC is headquartered in Carrollton, Tex., and serves more than 250 insurance companies and more than 9,000 agencies. ITC is the largest provider of insurance agency websites in the United States and powers more than two million monthly auto and home quotes through its comparative rater TurboRater. Currently, ITC serves more than 250 insurance companies and more than 9,000 agencies. Agency Marketing Services & Solutions. A comprehensive digital agency marketing offering that includes website design, marketing communication automation, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM), custom content services and social media services. Personal Lines Comparative Rater. A highly accurate, web-based personal lines rater that automates the quoting process and enables users to automatically receive multiple quotes instantly, currently powering more than 30 million unique quotes per year.

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/11/24/591821.htm

Sign up or login to join the discussions! A new generation of machines is automating a tech-averse industry. Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother’s construction company. “It’s a fine art,” she says of mudding—applying and smoothing drywall. “Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat.” Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas , a company that’s built a robot using artificial intelligence that’s capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker. The robot has been deployed, under Arevalo’s supervision, at several construction sites in recent months, including the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and an office building connected to the Chase Center arena in San Francisco. About the size of a kitchen stove, the four-wheeled robot navigates an unfinished building carrying laser scanners and a robotic arm fitted to a vertical platform. When placed in a room, the robot scans the unfinished walls using lidar , then gets to work smoothing the surface before applying a near perfect layer of drywall compound; sensors help it steer clear of human workers. The Canvas robot can help companies do more drywalling in less time. It requires human oversight, but its operator does not need to be an expert drywaller or roboticist.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/11/robots-invade-the-construction-site/